CFDA Awards=Fashion Roast?

Tracey Ullman, the unlikely host of this year's awards held at Lincoln center, opened the ceremony dressed as a rich, Upper East Side housewife who was indiscriminately shoving her Hermes purchases in Duane Reade bags. "Oh, this recession is too much to bear!" she cried out.

In what the New York Times dubbed as more of a "pep rally" than an awards show, the CFDA event this year did at times oscillate from a pat on the back to younger designers and a bit of a roast for the more established ones. Unlike past years, where the big players swept the awards, this year, the ceremony handed out honors to newer talent.

The winners included Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte for women’s wear, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler for accessories, and, in a tie, Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders and Italo Zucchelli of Calvin Klein for men’s wear, Alexander Wang won for emerging talent in women’s wear, and Tim Hamilton and Subversive's Justin Giunta won the same for men's and accessories, respectively.

Of course, many of fashion's old gaurd were nominated and Ralph Lauren won the new "popular" award where fashion fans could vote on their favorite designer.

However, it was probably a wise choice to pick Ullman, known for her obsessive knitting more than her fashion, to rib the audience a bit as the evening wore on. “The most important thing is to go back to basics, and remind ourselves why we fell in love with fashion in the first place,” Ullman said. “As long as you have a single needle and a spool of thread — and a first-rate marketing team — you can do it.”

And the designers seemed in on the joke before the ceremony even began--several took promo pics for the event wearing over-the-top garb (specifically Marc Jacobs in a bunny ear hat and Jason Wu in an evening gown over a tux). Because, after all, what's fashion without at sense of humor?